Archive for August, 2012

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Release Candidate released…

August 23, 2012

Microsoft has released a new version of Windows Server Essentials; this is the release candidate which should be the last version before the final version.

You can download it here.

Major changes in the Release Candidate (from the SE Blog):

  • Increased support for importing your own SSL certificates. Previously, customers had to do a lot of work to configure domains obtained in our domain wizard by using SSL certificates that were acquired outside of our domain wizard. We have now updated our wizard, which should make this process much simpler.
  • Installation of only critical setup updates during setup. One of the things that all Microsoft teams care about is getting customers up and running as quickly as possible. With the RC release we have changed our logic to only install critical setup-related updates during setup time. This might not seem to be a big issue if you only occasionally install Windows Server 2012 Essentials, but to partners that install Windows Server 2012 Essentials often, this change will make setup faster and more predictable. Note that customers will continue to select the update strategy that they want to use after the server has been set up.
  • Windows SBS Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) changes. We have updated the BPA rules to include the latest set of rules and have also made it possible to ignore specific BPA rules by using our UI.
  • Office 365 changes. We have now made it easier to import existing Office 365 users into Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
  • Verified DHCP supported. Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports turning on the DHCP role and setting a static IP address for the server.

If you want more information you can find it on the Server Essentials Blog.

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Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing

August 2, 2012

Windows 8 has RTM’d and is now¬†sent to OEM’s, it will be available on 15/08 for MSDN/Technet subscribers.
Now we’ll have to wait and see how home users/businesses will react to it, with its massive UI changes… will they love it or hate it…?

You can find details here.
And a post from Steven Sinofsky here.